John Mayer Talks Feeling Of Inclusion He Gets From Dead & Company

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Guitarist John Mayer is gearing up for a busy season of touring as both a solo artist and with Dead & Company. Mayer was profiled for a New York Times feature in which he mentioned, “The feeling of inclusion that I have with this band — they saved my life” in regards to his Dead & Company experience. A series of outtakes from the interview have been published and include more from John about that “feeling of inclusion”:

“You are not included in something if you are a solo artist. You cannot feel inclusion. You cannot feel being under a wing. I had never before been out of that role where you are in the saddle and everything is your call and all eyes are on you. Since I was a teenager! I was just there as a piece of their puzzle.”

Dead & Company features Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann joined by Mayer, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and bassist Oteil Burbridge. The band first played together in the Fall of 2015 and toured again last summer.

Mayer has discussed numerous times that he is in Dead & Company for “the long haul” as he seems to really like playing in the band. This year he’ll have the best of both worlds between his run with D&C and plenty of solo dates. John Mayer kicks off his solo tour on March 31 in Albany, New York; while Dead & Company returns to the road starting on May 27 in Las Vegas.

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